The AIDS virus has hideouts deep in the immune system that today's drugs can't reach. Now scientists finally have discovered how HIV builds one of those fortresses -- and they're exploring whether a drug already used to fight a parasite in developing countries just might hold a key to break in.
California's San Jose State University has become the first American college to suspend all campus blood drives because of a long-standing government policy that bars any man who has had sex with a man from giving blood.
President George Bush addressed several health-related issues, including funding for global AIDS programs, in his final State of the Union address Monday night.
Health officials on Sunday began distributing millions of condoms to fight the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases during Brazil's five-day Carnaval 2008.
A month after returning from the Middle East, President Bush will travel to Africa in February on a five-country tour.
Prospective blood donors are accusing blood banks in the Seattle area of discriminatory regulations that bar most gay and bisexual men from giving blood, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Tuesday. After the Puget Sound Blood Center announced last week that western Washington’s blood reserves were at emergency levels, some residents voiced frustration at policies that turn away about 6% of those who volunteer to donate blood. About 24,000 people have been placed on the region’s permanent deferral list based on answers to screening questions, according to the center, and men who have had sexual contact with another man since 1977 are automatically rejected.
A new, drug-resistant strain of the “flesh-eating” MRSA bacteria is spreading quickly among gay men in Boston and San Francisco and soon could pose a wider threat. In a study published Monday by the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers wrote that the MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) bacteria is spread easily through anal intercourse as well as by skin-to-skin contact and touching contaminated surfaces.
A recent University of San Diego study revealed some discoveries that demonstrate how same-sex relationships may be healthier than straight ones, according to an article by United Press International.
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